Showing posts with label Coronavirus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Coronavirus. Show all posts

Sunday, August 29, 2021

I Saw That Puzzle

Cartographer John Spilsbury carved out a unique invention in 1766 when he cut a wooden map into an array of curved pieces as an educational toy. Since then an endless number of ‘jigsaw puzzles’ have been created in different sizes and shapes but the general overall concept remains so simple and effective that it has rarely changed in 200 years.

Nevertheless, the original wooden puzzles were soon created from cardboard and cut with a fretsaw (not a jigsaw). In the 1930s, hydraulic presses were employed in their manufacturing for increased mass production. During the Great Depression, jigsaw puzzles boomed in popularity and became a ubiquitous household item among adults as well as kids.

Later, roller presses replaced the larger expensive hydraulic machines used in the puzzle making for many years. Today puzzle sizes can range from 300 to 40,000 pieces.

"Jigsaw Puzzle Blues" by Fleetwood Mac

According to Wikipedia, jigsaw puzzles recently surged in popularity during Covid lockdowns. It’s a testament to the timeless and enduring appeal of a classic recreational hobby the world continually returns to time and again. Nothing really puzzling about that.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Coronavirus: Making the Best of a Bad Situation


Lately most of us are experiencing a surplus of down time. Hopefully everyone out there is staying safe and well.

I mostly try to use the time creatively--that is creating something so as to use the time to my advantage and also do so in a positive way.

What are you creating? Is it getting you through this? Let me know how you're doing with it.

Christopher Robinson

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